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In this post: Are you looking for a way to be more intentional with your prayers? Do you want to track your prayer requests? Let’s look at how to keep a prayer journal. Plus a free 30-day devotional journal for you!

Do you want a method of tracking your prayer requests, or just letting your personal thoughts out between you and God? Are you looking for a great way to be more intentional with your prayers? The other day, we talked about Bible Journaling for Beginners. Today we’re going to talk about another kind of journal – a Prayer Journal. A prayer journal may be just the thing to help you be more intentional with your prayers or more thankful for answered prayers. Like any other type of personal journal, this will be for your eyes only, unless you choose to share it. That means you can be free and open to say whatever you want in it. This is your private time with the Lord. Let’s look at how to keep a prayer journal.

Are you looking for a way to be more intentional with your prayers? Do you want to track your prayer requests? Let's look at how to keep a prayer journal. Plus a free 30-day devotional journal for you!

How to Keep a Prayer Journal

Here are the 5 steps you need to keep a prayer journal:

1. Begin with a prayer for guidance – One of the first things you can do when starting your prayer journal is to pray for guidance on how to start.

2. Find a great place to do your journaling – A great second step is to make a special place for your journaling. This should be a space that you feel comfortable in, and that will be free of distractions. There are no rules – it can be your garden, your bedroom, or your back porch. The point is just that you carve out a special place just for this, so you will be more dedicated and motivated to stick with your prayer journal.

3. Write down your prayer requests – It’s important that you also be very specific. You can put your personal prayer requests and requests you have for your family, as well as requests that are made at church, that you hear online, or that friends ask of you directly.

4. Write what you’re grateful for – Gratitude is a very important part of the process. Take time to acknowledge all the things God does for you, and what you are grateful for in your life.

5. When God answers your prayers, say thank you – This ties in to being grateful. Always go back to your prayer journal and give thanks for the prayers that are answered.

How to Choose a Journal

When choosing your journal, pick something that feels good to you. Pick a book or journal that you will enjoy writing in regularly, that is comfortable for you, and that you like the physical appearance of, so you will be drawn to using it daily.

That’s really the only criteria.

Free 30-Day Devotional Journal – Hope

To give you a jump start on keeping a Bible or prayer journal, we’re giving you access to our free 30-day devotional journal about hope. We haven’t shared too much here, but the last year for us has been a little trying in certain areas of life for us. Don’t worry, Dean and I and the kids are okay. But I think I’ll be doing the devotionals from this journal right along with you! 

Are you looking for a way to be more intentional with your prayers? Do you want to track your prayer requests? Let's look at how to keep a prayer journal. Plus a free 30-day devotional journal for you!

As you can see, keeping a prayer journal doesn’t have to be super difficult. You can be as creative and as flexible as you want. You can purchase a pre-set prayer journal to give you structure and just fill in the blanks, or you can start with a blank journal or a printable journal and do it custom to your needs.

Truthfully, keeping a journal is not something I’ve been consistent at in the past. But it is something I’d love to do on a regular basis. I think it would be wonderful to be able to look back and see how God has answered my prayers and spoken to me through scripture. I know He has. But the specifics would be such a great faith-builder, don’t you think?

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Looking for a Great Devotional?

The Joyful Life has beautiful, life-giving devotionals in both printed and digital formats.

So if you want a pretty devotional to keep on your nightstand or coffee table, this set of two Joy devotionals might be perfect for you: 

Everyday Joy 

And if you’d like a digital devo to have handy at all times, check out their digital versions


More Faith-Building and Bible Verses

Do you keep a prayer or Bible journal? What does your method look like?

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  1. I used to keep a prayer journal as a teenager and college student, but I dropped the habit many years ago. I’m nearing the end of reading the Chronological Bible (if you haven’t read it- I can’t recommend it enough- it’s all of Scripture arranged not in the traditional sense but in the order in which scholars believe it was written), and I’ve been trying to figure out how I’m going to structure my morning time once I finally finish it. Thank you for this post; perhaps I ought to go back to journaling!
    Besides the suggestions you wrote above, one of my favorite things to do was to copy down my favorite verses and either reflect on their meaning to me or weave them into a prayer, personalizing their message. Best wishes to you as you work to cultivate this habit. 🙂

  2. First let me tell you I enjoy your letters. My home is too small to do the wonderful things you suggest, but I still enjoy. Second I am sorry for what you are going through, praying God will smooth out your path.
    I journal each morning as my prayer time. If I don’t write my mind wanders, so writing keeps me focused. I always want to start a prayer journal but just not sure how to organize it. How do I start? How to get back to share God’s answer? Do you number pages to find things easier? Do you section off? UGH! Need help starting.

  3. I’d love to print this and to begin prayer journaling. I’ve never really done this before. I just prayed and never journaled. I feel like this will help me focus.